And just like that, another year is coming to an end. How do the years go so fast? I swear I was just celebrating last New Year's Eve, with a pregnant belly and grape juice in hand. Now, I write in temporary silence, listening for cries from the monitor.
2017 was a really great year for our family. I would say that the best part of the year was the birth of our son, Silas.
It was a year of transformation, both physically and mentally. My body was stretched to the max (I have Tiger Stripes to prove it), working hard to produce a "mini me". It is amazing what our bodies can do and I am still in awe that I was able to grow and deliver a little human. I look at him sometimes and wonder how in the world he fit inside of me.
Recovery was another story. My summer was kind of blurry, as I was trying to figure out how to take care of my little being, and also navigating through some sickness. I fought off two bouts of mastitis, and as a result of my antibiotics, I developed a nasty stomach infection, known as C. Diff. I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy, but am so thankful I am healthy now.
After I had Silas, I stepped down from my position at work to be a stay-at-home mom. I knew I would miss my daily interaction with coworkers and planning events, but felt that being at home with my baby was what I needed to do. About four months postpartum, I was asked if I wanted to work one day a week, and I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I am so grateful to be at home with Silas most of the time, but feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work one day a week doing a job I love.
I gained a new title this year: Momma. Silas has said it casually, but I don't think he knows it's referring to me. We will work on that in 2018. :)
I love being his mom. He is the greatest gift and I am still in awe that he is mine. He is joyful, curious and loud. He is also a little stubborn and loves to just sit on his butt and play with toys. I would consider him a foodie; he has tested, tasted and played with pretty much everything we have given him. Seth would say he is a true Momma's Boy: I apparently know how to comfort him like no one else.
My heart is so happy watching Seth be a dad. He brings a lot to the table that I cannot, such as his gift of music. Almost every night, he pulls out his guitar and plays for Silas. Our seven-month-old already has his favorite songs, including "Crazy on You" by Heart, "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182 and "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons. (You know he really likes a song when he starts to jump up and down like a wild man in his Exersaucer.)
I am looking forward to this next year and the adventures that await us. I want to thank YOU for reading my blog and wish you your best year yet. Cheers to 2018!
Photo Credit to the amazingly talented: Gabe Photography